Resource Center for Medical Ultrasonic Transducer Technology

The Ultrasonic Transducer Resource Center

Associated with the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, the UTRC is a multidisciplinary center devoted to research and training in medical ultrasonic transducer engineering.  The main thrust of the Center is in the development of high-frequency (>20 MHz) transducers and arrays.  As such, we are dedicated to the design, modeling, fabrication and testing of those devices, and supporting electronics.

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Dr. K. Kirk Shung Selected to Receive the
2016 IEEE Biomedical Engineering Award

The director of the center, K. Kirk Shung, was selected to receive the 2016 IEEE Biomedical Engineering Award for his outstanding contributions to the field of ultrasonic imaging and transducers.  This is an IEEE society wide award which consists of a bronze medal, certificate, and cash honorarium.  Dr. Shung will receive the award at the 38th IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference (EMBC) to be held in Orlando, FL, August 30 - September 4, 2016.

High Frequency Ultrasound Arrays May Redefine Current Diagnostic Procedures

Ultrasound devices in clinics typically range from 2.5 to 15 MHz.  Here, at USC Viterbi, Dr. Kirk Shung, the Dean's Professor in Biomedical Engineering, is focusing on the development of high frequency arrays up to 80 MHz.  Compared to ultrasound devices on the market, Shung's higher frequency arrays allow in depth analysis of smaller or superficially structured organs like the eye and skin.

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